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America is Lost--and We Lost It

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[JPEG] What does it take to have someone state the obvious, namely that America is lost. On this August occasion I hereby propose and nominate my recently departed kitty, "Commodore Fluffy" to the position of Head of State, inasmuch as in death she could do at least as well as the Smirking Chimp does, allegedly in life.


I AM sorry. I know you don't want to hear this; but it is true nonetheless. Gonzo's departure is in hopes of preventing more outrageous exposures, probably the least of which is the firing of I believe nine U.S. attorneys, all of whom have distinguished records, all of whom were doing the unthinkable and unforgivable---doing their job. This is the very same Gonzales who told congress that he couldn't remember anything relevant to his job, previous discussions, etc. etc. ad nausiam, and who declared, to a stunned Senators Lahey and Congressman Waxman and a naive America that Habeas Corpus is not fundamental to the Constitution of the United States of America. This insight is staggering both in its breath of defiance of history and logic, and in its depth of moral depravity.


The Washington Post, demonstrating once again that no ignominy is excessive, brushed off Gonzo's critics and described his "lackluster performance" or the like, adjuring that there was nothing noteworthy in the firing, and moreover--get this—that Clinton fired ninety some-odd attorneys, thereby--I suppose--trumping Chimp's record. (Sorry, but the combination of his name and "The President of the United States" sticks in my craw.) Clinton was the President and he never fired ninety federal attorneys; Gonzo is a political hack.


Not a month goes by but someone else flees the sinking ship, following in the tiny footsteps of their predecessors, the shipside rodents. The less-than-charismatic dancer, Carl Rove, also departed, not with a bang but with a whimper, hopefully to head off inquiry into his role in the Valerie Plame affair, together with his part in a host of other atrocities.


Up is Down, Left is Right, or in the understanding of Winston, slavery is freedom, lies are truth, and we all love Big Brother. We have the sadly comical sight of an ex-premier, Allawi, chipping in to improve the PR of the current puppet leader al Maliki. We have "The Surge," another spectacular and dazzling strategy that would leave George Patton speechless with wonder, proposed by that Denizen of Defence Strategy, a man with less than no military experience (draft-doging and quitting)--you guessed it--the Commander-in-Chef--of the backyard Texas Bar-B-Q, the Smirking Chimp, while at the same time Peter Pumpkin Eater, head of the Joint Chiefs, opining that perhaps we need to back off from Iraq (not leave, of course, just a teensy-weensy "reduction" in our commitment, giving as the excuse, that we just might need to bury their bodies in yet some other country. "Surge v. Reduction in force," sounds like a divorce case before an Administrative Law Judge. Perhaps we need a surge-protector. (I know, I know; but I just couldn't resist.)


The Vice (P)resident has developed a remarkable new branch of what used to be the solitary executive: the Office of Official Secrets, which is, according to him, impervious to any congressional inquiry.


All of which brings us to the real, true, and insufferable culprits--the Congress of the United States.


Human nature has been rightfully criticized when no one will go to the aid of a mugging victim, the passers-by gaping in silence and in inaction. How much more outrageous is the Congress, possessing all the power and (gasp!) responsibility, the very mandate which not only empowers but requires it to protect the Constitution by using its power of impeachment to rescue the country from precisely the situation that now exists. Its lowest point was the Speaker, Nancy Pellosi, having a clear mandate from the people, announcing that Impeachment was "off the table." Not one single representative has brought articles of impeachment to the floor. Not one.


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Previously Staff Physician, California Department of Corrections
43 years in practice
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